Parolee Education

Students using computers at the Computerized Literacy Learning Center.Under the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) and the Department of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) has collaborated with the Contra Costa County Office of Education to develop educational programs designed to reduce the number of parolees returning to prison. Classes are conducted at parole offices throughout the state.

Computerized Literacy Learning Centers (CLLC)

A series of Computerized Literacy Learning Centers has been implemented in Parole Offices statewide offering adult basic education in reading, writing, math, G.E.D., and literacy. By offering curriculum and instruction via computers, participants learn at their own pace and are offered lessons tailored to meet their individual learning needs.

A Parolee Ed report has shown a correlation between functional literacy and employment. Today's employers require basic literacy skills that many parolees do not have. More than half read below the sixth grade level and about 70% of them are unemployed. Lack of literacy and employability skills are primary barriers to parolee success. Without gainful employment, today's parolees are at a high risk of returning to prison. An evaluation of the program after two years of operation showed that parolees increased reading and math skills by an average of two grade levels.

Parolee Education Programs are located in parole offices throughout the state.

Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery (STAR)

The STAR (Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery) program is a curriculum-based educational program designed to motivate parolee substance abusers to participate in post-release recovery activities. New skills are presented which help individuals understand the relapse process and prepare for smooth, drug free community transition.

Participants with information designed to facilitate substance abuse recovery. The curriculum addresses denial and stimulates individual growth through active participation.

The five-step process model of instruction is used to help parolees develop a new understanding of their substance abuse problem.

The parolee is motivated to make lifestyle changes. This educational path facilitates disclosure and provides motivation. It also is designed to help parolees understand the thoughts, feelings and events that trigger relapse. Overall, the program helps them develop insight into core issues involved in changing values and behaviors.

PAROLEE EDUCATION CONTACTS

TITLE NAME (click to email) PHONE FAX
Administrator Carey Buchanan (925) 942-5320 (925) 937-8940
Administrative Assistant Julie Everhart (925) 942-5309
(925) 937-8940
Administrative Assistant Ellen Niemann (925) 942-3341
(925) 937-8940
Coordinator - North Donald Hill (916) 396-6635
(925) 937-8940
Coordinator - Central Robert Walker (559) 761-9717
Coordinator - South Blair Bradley (909) 658-5529
Coordinator - South David Jauregui (661) 364-9390
Computer Technician Angelo Abrea (510) 262-4339 (925) 937-8940
Computer Technician Rudy Ordaz (626) 260-2147
Data Technician Kham Phaxaypraseuth (925) 942-5335 (925) 937-8940
Technology Specialist - North Joel Abueg (916) 847-1807
Technology Specialist - South Chris Wilson (818) 584-1234
Technology Specialist - Central Sonny Bigler (805) 710-6344 (559) 255-9481
Transition Specialist - North Karen McNaily (925) 942-5323 (925) 937-8940
Transition Specialist - Central Ursula Taylor (925) 727-5535
Transition Specialist - South Valerie Ross (562) 209-9680
Warehouse Worker Richard Gamba (925) 942-5337 (925) 942-5310
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